Golden Eagles Set For Year Three In BIG EAST
Thursday's matchup with Providence tips off Marquette's third year in the BIG?EAST Conference, with the Golden Eagles poised to improve on the team's 10-victory league campaign in 2006-07.
Picked third in the league's preseason coaches poll, Marquette is one of just three programs (Georgetown and Pittsburgh) to claim 10-or-more victories in conference play in each of the last two seasons.
The Golden Eagles are 12-6 all-time in conference openers (Midwestern Collegiate; 1-1, Great Midwest; 3-1, Conference USA; 7-3, BIG EAST; 1-1) and 5-3 under ninth-year head coach Tom Crean. Providence downed Marquette 74-59 (Jan. 4) in 2006-07 in the BIG EAST opener for both schools.
Homestand Statistics Produce Successful Results
While Thursday night's game wraps up a season-long five-game homestand, Marquette is hoping the overly friendly confines of the Bradley Center continue for one more outing.
In victories over Sacramento State, IPFW, Coppin State and Savannah State, the Golden Eagles have dominated play on the court. As a result, the team has trailed for a total of just 58 seconds in the last four games, all of which came in the win over Savannah State.
Marquette is shooting 50.2 percent from the field over the course of the last four outings, 40.0 percent from behind the 3-point line. The Golden Eagles have outrebounded their opponents by 11 caroms per game and are averaging 82.0 points per game.
Even more impressive are the team's defensive numbers during the homestand. Opponents are connecting on just 32.0 percent of their attempts from the field and just 20.0 percent from behind the 3-point line. That translates into a scoring average of just 46.5 points per game.